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Tips for Cleaning, Moving and Storing a Refrigerator

Posted on: June 22, 2018 | by: Lighthouse Self Storage July 6, 2018

Moving a refrigerator into storage in a storage unit

There may come a time when you have to move and store some of your appliances. Maybe you’re moving soon and are looking for temporary storage because your new home won’t be ready until a few weeks after you have to be out of your old home. Or, maybe you recently upgraded appliances but want to hold onto the old appliances that are still in working condition. No matter the reason, it is important to move and store your appliances properly to keep them damage free. Try out these tips!

Preparing a Refrigerator for Storage

  1. Unplug the Refrigerator: Remove any items that are left inside of the refrigerator. Once the refrigerator is empty, unplug it and let the freezer defrost. Wait an hour then remove any ice in the freezer that can easily break away. Place a towel in front of the appliance to absorb any of the remaining melted ice.
  2. Clean Shelves and Drawers: Remove the shelves and drawers and place them in hot and soapy water. Let the shelves and drawers soak for 30 minutes then remove, rinse and dry.
  3. Wash the Inside of the Refrigerator and Freezer: Clean the inside of the refrigerator by washing it with a mixture of soap and water.
  4. Allow the Refrigerator Time to Dry: Before you can store the refrigerator, it is important to let it dry completely. Leave the doors on the refrigerator and freezer open to allow any leftover moisture to evaporate.

How to Move a Refrigerator

  1. Tape the Refrigerator and Freezer Drawers: Prevent the refrigerator and freezer doors from opening while the appliance is in transit by taping them shut.
  2. Transport Refrigerator Upright: Moving the refrigerator on its side can damage the coils. Place the refrigerator upright on the dolly and secure it using bungee cords.

How to Store a Refrigerator in a Storage Unit

  1. Use a Climate Controlled Storage Unit: When storing an item like a refrigerator, it is important to use a climate controlled storage unit. Overtime, a refrigerator can become damaged by high fluctuations in temperature. A climate controlled storage unit will maintain a temperature ideal for storing a refrigerator.
  2. Keep the Doors Open to Allow Air Flow: Keep the doors of the freezer and refrigerator open to let air flow circulate. If moisture gets trapped inside of the refrigerator during storage, it can cause mold and mildew to form. Leaving the doors open will prevent the appliance from developing mold and mildew.

Lighthouse Self Storage Has Household Storage Solutions

Are you interested in renting a self storage unit to store your refrigerator and freezer? Lighthouse Self Storage has storage facilities in Fort Lauderdale, FL, West Palm Beach, FL, Whittier, CA, Westminster, CA, and Carson, CA with climate controlled storage options. Our 5×10 storage unit would be perfect for storing a refrigerator, washer and dryer and other household appliances. Contact us to rent a storage unit today.

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